Contractors (including head office staff) and community pharmacists are reminded about the invitation to participate in an interview to share their views on the Quality Payments Scheme (QPS) (the previous name for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)) and the PQS.

ICF (an independent research consultancy) and the University of Manchester are carrying out the evaluation. The evaluation is funded by, but is independent of, NHS England.

A number of people have emailed the Evaluation team to express an interest in participating in the interviews. However, the team are now particularly keen to hear from head office staff and pharmacists who work for a large multiple, especially those based in supermarkets, as well as independent contractors (and pharmacists who work for independent contractors) who have decided to no longer participate in PQS.

The project aims to evaluate the impact of the QPS and PQS between 2017-2021 on the quality and integration of community pharmacy services and patient outcomes, and the sustainability of these changes.

Interviews are likely to take 45-60 minutes. If you would like to participate or would like further information, please email Please include information about how much experience you have with the QPS/PQS, and information about the location (region) of your pharmacy/employer.

Contractors will be remunerated for their or employees’ time at standard rates.

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